macedonian police beat up refugees trying to make their way through the motorcycle donian-hungarian border hello, welcome to al jazeera. i'm here in doha. also ahead - russia confirms that it is providing military aid to syria and will continue to despite concerns from the west a symbolic moment. u.n. allowing the flag to be raised at headquarters. plus, the story of forbidden love in a south pacific jungle
exploding on to the big screens in venice. >> macedonia's foreign minister says it may follow hungary's example and build a border sense to stem the influx of refugees flow the balkans. up to 4,000 refer geese are making their -- refugees are making their way through the balkans. has hoda abdel-hamid reports the situation is tense. >> reporter: from the islands they took the ferry to the mainland, travelled through the night, reached the border in the morning. it's poring with rain. many are not prepared for the many are not prepared for the weather, children are soaked to the bone. yet the refugees are determined to continue their journey. it's one full of obstacles. macedonian border police blocked their path. frustrations grew once more.
rain continued to pore. impatient, the refugees press forward. the police push back until it was too much to cope with. this is not the first time for the macedonian border guards to use force. others could just not wait any more. yet again risking their lives. some said they were running out of money, others out of time. macedonian police eventually let everyone in, in the rush, feared that the border would close once again. they left their personal belongings like cars, nappies for babies, sleeping bags. shoes for children and the tents, that they would probably need, because they have four countries to go through. for a while the border state comes, aid workers and volunteers were getting ready for another human wave. most refugees stuck on the greek islands had been evacuated.
20,000 people are expected to stream through here, in the coming hours and days. some people lived in the area also came. the plight of these men, women and children hits close to home. >> translation: why are we doing this? our ancestors are refugees. i'm seeing now what my grandfather and mother experienced. >> reporter: after weeks of travelling clean clothes are more than welcome. his parents left syria 25 days ago, entering greece through the island of rhodes. they feared their baby would not make the crossing, seas were high. >> translation: we are not extremists, we know it will be difficult here. some don't want us, it's better than syria. >> reporter: it's that belief and hope that gives them the strength to continue a voyage full of uncertainties. well, hungary's government
says it's considering declaring a state of emergency within the next week. it's struggling to cope with the thousands of refugees arriving every day. mohammed jamjoom sent this update from the border between hungary and serbia. >> at the beginning of the day weather conditions were miserable. they have gotten worse throughout the day. tonight it's the rain. temperature is colder, you can see the refugees, tonnes of them, put on to buses. they'll be taken to a refugee camp a few kilometres away from here. we tried to get access to the camp, to talk to the refugees. see how they've been treated. we have not been able to connect with the camp or have other journalists covering the crisis. human rights watch and others say conditions in the camp are terrible, they are appalling. the hungarian government must do more to help the refugees that more to help the refugees that filed into the country. all of this said, the hungarian government announced that they
may be imposing a state of crisis or state of emergency next week, making it easier for the government to deploy troops to the border. we know for the past week they planned to do so. that could happen as early as next week. they want to do all they can to staunch the influx of refugees. we were on the border yesterday and today. doesn't seem that it will stop any time soon . >> the u.s. president obama ordered his administration to increase the numbers of syrian refugees allowed into the country. the u.s. took in 1,500 since the war. and human rights groups says the government must do more. patty culhane has the report. >> reporter: as tens of thousands of refugees continue to scrape through europe, the
president obama government announced it would take in 10,000. >> the state department already said that the next fiscal year is 5,000 to 8,000 refugees. is that just an increase of 2,000. what does it mean to those fleeing iraq and afghanistan? >> i don't think i quite get the math on the five, eight and 10 thing. >> reporter: the fiscal year, a total of 5,000 to 8,000 refugees from syria was the goal. is this just 2000 more? >> well my understanding is - i guess i can't account for what they previously said about what they hope to do for next year. >> reporter: it will take up to two years to continue to the united states. the fighting continues. the opposition says russia is sending trips, personnel
carriers and naval forces, claiming that troops are on the ground. the russian frirnts denies there's a build-up. >> reporter: we have helped and will you have continue to aid the syrian government in equipping the syrian navy for all that is necessary to help those in the libyan scenario. and other events that occurred in this region, because of an obsession by western partners, with ideas of changing unwanted regimes. >> reporter: if russia increases involvement it could be a set back to the u.s. strategy. >> so the trick to this is trying to arrange a process where he's feeling pressure and cajoled by allies to move off the stage, but in their orderly fashion, if possible. allowing the state institutions to remain. >> something allies don't want to see happen, but the u.s.
coalition insists has to do be successful. and they are fighting over the future of one man whose fate will be determined by millions well president obama's hailed the senate's iran nuclear vote as a victory for diplomacy, republicans tried and failed to block the deal with a vote in the u.s. senate. republicans in the house of representatives say they'll pursue a legal challenge to the nuclear agreement the u.s. says it's troubled by the conviction of venezuela's opposition leader leopoldo lopez. >> he has been sentenced to almost 14 years in gaol for inciting violence during the anti-government protest. 40 people were killed during the demonstrations. his supporters say he's being used by president nicolas maduro as a distraction from the ongoing economic crisis well polls opened in singapore in what is expected to
be the most competitive election in decades. the same political party has been in power for 50 years, for the first time, a huge number of voters born after the country's independence will be taking part. that could change the outcome. rob mcbride has more from singapore. >> voting at this constituency - there has been a line of people waiting while they open. it is interesting, because it's marginally fought between the party. in the last election in 2011, the two sides came within 10% ever each other, and the constituency is known as a group constituency, representing four seats in the parliament. people are looking for another upheaval, as in the last election in 2011.
during the poll, the group constituencies change from the government, in a big upheaval seen since independence. the main opposition party, the workers party has seven seats, and are hoping to get into double figures and are realistic in all that they can achieve. in all the pollings they tell people to vote for us so they can be a stronger opposition, a check and balance. the system moves steadily but slowly to a multiparty system. >> reporter: security forces in turkey stopped a group of politicians marching towards a kurdish city. a government provision is under way, and they say it killed 30 fighters. kurdish politicians dispute the
figure saying 20 civilians decide. gerald tan has more. >> reporter: they were blocked by car, so they made the journey on foot. m.p.s from the people's party marched to the city of jesrey, they were stopped by security forces. the government says it was necessary to ensure the state. the politician saying they were trying to highlight the plight of people in the kurdish city, subjected to a week-long curfew. >> translation: the 24 hour condition use curfew has been in place for eight days. there's no drinking water. they are injured people. ambulances are not able to pick them up. >> reporter: it has become a flashpoint between a 2-year
ceasefire between kurdish separatists and the government stumbled. fighting has flared up, behind a string of attacks, including one killing 14 in a bomb blast in the east. last week the government launched a military operation and said dozens of fighters have been killed as a result, but kurdish m.p.s say it's civilians have been killed. they accused the government of punishing people at the june elections, seeing the ruling party lose the majority. >> turkey heads to the polls. many wonder how the developments will affect the outcome the palestinian flag flies at the u.n. headquarters after the general assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution. it has to be raised in 20 days,
in time for a visit by the palestinian president mahmoud abbas this month. james bays reports. should the u.n. fly outside the headquarters, the flags of observer states like palestine. before the vote the u.s. ambassador told her colleagues they should say no. >> raising the palestinian flag outside the u.n. headquarters is not an alternative to negotiation, and will not bring the patients to peace. >> she did not stop a resounding victory for the palestinians. 119 countries in favour, 45 abstentions, including e.u. nations and eight countries voting no. moments after, condemnation from
the outgoing ambassador in what happened to be his last speech to the general assembly. >> the question is not whether the palestinians will raise a flag, but whether the united nations will raise a white flag and surrender the principles of this institution itself. >> his palestinian counterpart said it was an important moment about more than a flag. >> raising the flag signals to our people everywhere, who are watching us tonight. that their freedom is inevitable. and that international community supports them in their journey for justice, for their rights and for their independence on their state of palestine with jerusalem. >> the resolution that has been passed shows the palestinian flag flying 20 days from now, that's when world leaders gather
in new york, the day that mahmoud abbas will make his speech to the general assembly. >> this is the place where the palestinian flag will fly. the timing in itself is a victory for the palestinians. >> still to come on the programme - a wall of water sweeps across eastern japan leaving people stranded and sweeping homes away. >> plus, cyber warfare calls for the u.s. to go on the offensive against international hackers. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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the top stories, macedonian police used batons against refugees, gathered at the border with greece. the the foreign minister says it may follow hungary's example and about a border fence. russia's foreign minister is ready to build support. moscow has flown in more weapons and aid, but declines to comment on reports that ground troops have been deployed. >> voting is under way. the people's action party has question around for 50 years, the opposition is contesting all seats for the first time history a river in northern japan broke its banks, flooding
osabbingy. the damage is not as bad where 25 people have been reported missing. some 800,000 have been affected by floods. 100,000 have been for the from their moments in the prefectures. >> rachel sent in the update from tokyo. >> reporter: this morning, two more rivers broke their banks, this time north of the areas, to the prefecture. a river broke sits banks, inundating asaki. the pictures from the sear don't look as dramatic or distressing as the pictures we saw yesterday of people stranded in their homes. we hope what happened is that this morning an evacuation order was issued for the town and most
move to higher and drier ground. 2,000 are on the ground. operating a relief and rescue efforts. 40 centers have been set up to bring people set up, into a temporary shelter. overnight there were 350 people who required ref u from residential and commercial buildings. that situation is improving as the morning progresses, and, again, the footage that we are seeing out of those areas this morning shows floodwaters subsided. it's not the torrents of yesterday, but the devastation left behind is extreme. >> well, tif joon haiyan swept across the philippines, it claimed more than 6,000 lives. international aid poured in to help the victims. in the second of a 4-part
series, questions remain over how the donations were used. >> reporter: driving people around in this pedy cab is one of the many things that this man does to earn money for his family. less than two years ago he walked among the ruins of his home, wondering how he carried on, losing everything to the most powerful storm on record, including 53 members of his family. he has nightmares of the typhoon, and survives by taking life one day at a time. >> things are moving thanks to help from other places, places outside the country. because if we were to rely on the philippine government. we'd get nowhere. >> many people here feel the statement. 90% of the city was destroyed. it's busier now than before.
residents put it down to the influx of foreign aid. half a billion was pledged by the international community to help. >> reporter: because it hasn't necessarily been channelled through the government. it's difficult to keep a tally on how much aid has come in. so far it's released 1.8 billion usd. >> with 4 million people left homeless, most of the money has gone into housing. thousands are living in temporary shelters like these. settlement sites have been difficult. along side the government. 45 aid agencies working on rehabilitation. they say coordination has been challenging. it hasn't helped that there's no permanent government agency to oversee disaster recovery. >> among the areas, preparedness, response, and the
fourth is rehabilitation. the fourth is the weakest link. we should respond to the existing conditions in the country. so it's not right to create a permanent agency, rather than other agencies. it's time we were hit by typhoons or calamity. >> in an effort to be transparent, the government set up a website for groups to post updates. there's allegations that corruption and red tape are slowing things down. allegations that are par for the course as far as as they are concerned. like other survivors, they have had to help themselves. and they hope they have learnt enough to withstand the next typhoon. the u.s. will send an additional 75 soldiers and other equipment to egypt's sinai
peninsula, helping to bolster the security of international peacekeepers in the area that came under attack from fighters. the pentagon said the deployment includes a light infantry platoon the u.s. spy chief says cyber threats to the united states are on the rise, and so far there has been no agreement on how to stop them. from washington, rosalind jordan reports. >> reporter: there's a lot of money to be maid trying to protect u.s. government and commercial computers from cyber attacks. an estimate said the cost to the economy is $100 billion. >> every day we gather $500,000 examples of malware. the cascade of challenges thrown at the defenses is absolutely mind boggling. >> the leaders of the u.s. intelligence community told congress on thursday that the problem is not going away. >> cyber threats to u.s.
national and economic community are increasing in scale and the severity of impact. the attacks on u.s. government computers are constant. this year the office of personnel management's computers were breached. putting at risk 4 million current and the federal workers. the energy department computer systems were breached more than 150 titles between 2010 and 2014. those systems hold information about the nuclear weapons arsenal and the power grid. just this week the pentagon said cash registers at its food court were breached. putting at risk anyone that brought a meal or snack with a credit or debit card. private businesses know they are under attack. >> other companies have been suect to major attacks resulting in the compromise of
personal information of employees and customers alike. >> officials say the u.s. spend too much time trying to repair the damage and needs to go on the offense. >> areactive defensive strategy is not ultimately, i think, going to change the dynamic where we are now, and that, i don't think, is acceptable. >> u.s. officials hinted that they might target chinese hackers for recent breaches, but it's not an easy call. they are trying to protect the country and economy in ways that don't require or jeopardise sensitive diplomatic relations a man who attacked the u.s. ambassador to south korea with a knife has been gaoled for 12 years for attempted murder. kim jong was found guilty after lunging at him at a breakfast function in march. he needed 80 stitches on his
face after the attack. >> one of guatemala's presidential candidates is alleging that sunday's poll was rigged. he is battling to reach a run-off vote, held on 25 october. he is neck and neck for second place with the former first laid i sandra torres. only one of them can go through. the millionaire businessman said some votes have been counted pore more than once. the election chief dismissed the allegation as baseless. a film shot in vanuatu is giving audiences a rare insight into one of the south pacific's tribes. it is a love story told by nonactors from a remote village. some of the cast left their island home to attend the
premier. >> reporter: until two years ago these people had never seen a film. now they are the stars of one. in a production they helped to go write - a story of love and tragedy based on their experience, echoing the tale of romeo and juliette. >> last month they had no passports, no birth certificates but made it to venice to see themselves on the big screen. >> this is a multicultural environment that we have never seen. tall buildings, cars, crowds of people. very, very strange. everything looks so strange. compared to our culture, where we live with nature the scenario is seductive lush and stunning. no special effects needed. the film-makers warned that tourists might flood in. but they want the world to understand their culture.
here is an expensive hotel in venice surrounded by the rich european city. the cast show their community in south pacific, is the happiest on earth. >> in our culture there is no homeless. there are no poor people. we have overcome the traps of money and the laws of government. we want to maintain the revocation of happiness. the directors and children lived with the tribe for seven months, learning about their way of learning about their way of life. they don't live with a full culture because they have to. because they are too remote, they don't know about anything else. it's a choice. ey live an hour's drive from the town where there's shops and people live on money. they choose not to have anything to do with that. proud to show customs, it is
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